How to Avoid a Motorcycle Crash – Motorcycle Accidents Don’t Exist

There is no such thing as motorcycle accidents. As a matter of fact it is difficult to explain anything that could be considered an accident. I believe the majority of so called “accidents” could be avoided in nearly every case. Accident is defined as anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause.

If you drive into the back of someone’s car and call this being in a motorcycle accident you are using the wrong terminology. It was not by chance you ran into the back of the car. There was a reason you did this is simply because you were not paying attention or driving too close.

Instead of using the term motorcycle accident it is actually better defined as a motorcycle crash or motorcycle collision. A motorcycle crash would be defined as an impact causing damage to the motorcycle or yourself. Every motorcycle crash happens for a reason, and is not caused by chance.

Several things contribute to motorcycle collisions. For example, rain on the roads and losing control of your motorcycle due to wind are factors that cause a motorcycle crash.

As a motorcycle driver you should always be paying attention and looking for anything including a pot hole or a set of railroad tracks. We as bikers can do a lot to avoid being put in those situations. True there are some situations that cannot be avoided, like a deer running into the side of you. Every collision has a number of factors that if the driver of a vehicle, or the biker had done a few things differently the motorcycle collision would not have happened.

Some people try to say that if a part failure on your bike causes a collision that this was an accident. This again was caused by something. Whether the driver did not do a proper inspection, or the mechanic made a mistake, it’s not an accident.

Most collisions are due to negligence on somebody’s part, whether it be the driver of a vehicle or biker or both. Many factors like alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, speed, stunts and distractions are what cause motorcycle crashes.

There are no certainties but probably 95 percent of motorcycle collisions can be avoided. Always be vigilant, make eye contact with other drivers, and expect the worst and you will have plenty of safe miles.

How to Sell a Motorcycle With Evocative Classified Ads

Write an ad that is thorough

To sell a motorcycle with classified ads, it is best to write an ad that describes it in detail. These details answer questions for an individual who is looking for the type of motorcycle that you are describing. When someone searches the classified ads for a motorcycle, they are looking for a certain make and model. With a complete description of your motorcycle, you will answer all questions and attract only people who are interested in your bike.

When writing your motorcycle ad you should first include the year, make, and model. Here is an example:

1999 Honda Shadow

Next you should write down the engine size, color, mileage, and other features.

Example:

1100, Pearl white, 5400 miles, Windshield, Floor boards, Engine guards, New battery, 2 helmets, etc.

Listed above are just a few features that are available on a motorcycle. I recommend including as many features as you can, because it will give the reader an accurate value of the bike. This will also show the reader how much money they will save, compared to a new one that has the same accessories. Provided that you have placed a great price on the motorcycle. Always remember, huge savings will help sell a motorcycle quickly.

Now you can finish your ad by including the motorcycle condition, price, location, and your contact information.

Example:

Excellent condition, $4700, Tupelo MS, call 662-123-1234

When you are through writing your ad it should look like this:

1999 Honda Shadow 1100, Pearl white,

5400 miles, Windshield, Floor boards,

Engine guards, New battery, 2 helmets,

Excellent condition, $4700, Tupelo MS,

call 662-123-1234

Be sure to include the features that pertain to your bike and separate each feature with a comma. Write your ad in one long sentence. The advertiser you use, will format your ad to fit their publication. The above ad is a standard format that is used by most publications.

Local newspaper or online classifieds

After you have written a detailed ad, you are ready to submit it to your local newspaper’s classified ads or other advertising publications. If you would like to expand your advertising, online classifieds are a great marketing tool that will help you sell a motorcycle. Online classifieds are inexpensive and growing in popularity every day.

I have explained in detail how to write an extensive motorcycle ad. As you can see the ad is complete and answers most questions for someone, who is interested in that type of bike. A good ad will answer all questions and make selling your motorcycle easier.

Motorcycle Helmet Evangelists

Are you one? Nope, me neither. But we all know them don’t we? The motorcycle riders who are Motorcycle Helmet Evangelists.

You may be thinking, “What the hell is Mike rambling on about?” Please, aficionados of two wheeled transport, let me take a minute or two of your time to explain.

The Motorcycle Helmet Evangelists are the guys who continually preach to us about motorcycle helmets. They fall into two camps the ones that wear ’em and the ones that don’t. Now you know where this is headed right? You’re on a ride, and you meet a fellow biker and before pleasantries are explained, he will dive in about the evils of being forced to wear a helmet, how its all a communist plot, subversives at work, invasion of our fundamental right to do what we like when we like and to hell with the consequences….

Or he will immediately launch into a tirade of statistics about how those stupid riders who go lidless are pushing up all our insurance premiums, don’t deserve to get hospital treatment, should be left to fend for themselves at the side of the road when, not if they have that serious accident in the middle of nowhere…

Guys and girls, stop.

Think.

Do we need it? I mean do we really need to turn on each other when we have enough people gunning for us already? Motorcycle legislation is increasing worldwide, despite the clear benefits related to two wheels as an economical means of transport for the masses. Why try and force people to car share when riding a motorcycle could in some cases be better for the environment? And wouldn’t we all, even most of the cage drivers, like to see fewer cars on the road?

So what do we do? Well we could stop sniping at other motorcycle riders because they do or don’t wear motorcycle helmets. I will always choose to wear a motorcycle helmet, that’s my choice. I also choose to wear leather boots and jacket (not always on a motorcycle but lets not get into my sordid private life). But I won’t waste my energy chipping away at other bikers because they would choose not to wear a helmet. I’d rather use my energy to positively promote the riding of motorcycles generally as a viable means of transport for all, not the few.

And if some of those converts to motorcycle riding choose to wear a motorcycle helmet, or not as the case may be, well whatever. I could live with that knowing there are more bikers around.